President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ratified the agreement on the demarcation of the maritime boundary between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday, despite widespread public criticism, ratified an agreement that concedes sovereignty over two uninhabited islands in the Red Sea of Saudi Arabia. This is reported by UNN with reference to Reuters.
The agreement on the two islands of the Red Sea was politically sensitive to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. He counts on Saudi Arabia as a key ally, but last year reports of a possible transfer of islands caused street protests in Egypt.
The Egyptian parliament last week supported the agreement, which broadcasts control over the islands of Tiran and Sanafir of Saudi Arabia.
“President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ratified the agreement on the demarcation of the maritime boundary between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the statement of the Cabinet said.
The government of A. Sisi announced the conclusion of a maritime agreement with Saudi Arabia, an ally that provided Egypt with a million dollars of aid, last year. Egyptian and Saudi governments have stated that the islands are Saudi, but fall under the protection of Egypt.
Saudi Arabia helps Abdel Fattah al-Sisi since he removed President Mohammed Mursi in 2013, belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood group, and legal disputes over the deal in the Red Sea have become a source of tension between the two countries.